The Humanity+ UK 2011 conference, being held at London’s Conway Hall on Saturday 29th January, is an opportunity to meet some of the most interesting futurist thinkers in the UK - to listen to their ideas, hear about the progress of their projects, ask them questions, and debate with them.
The principal theme of the conference is “Making a human difference”.
The speakers have been announced as follows (in alphabetical order by first name):
- Ajit Jaokar – Meditation as a transhumanist technology;
- Dr Amnon Eden – Scientific notions of Technological Singularity;
- Dr Anders Sandberg – The future of ideas on machine intelligence;
- Anna Salamon – Survival in the margins of the singularity?
- Dr Aubrey de Grey – Approaching the human longevity escape velocity;
- David Pearce – What is empathetic superintelligence?
- David Wood – Five key questions for futurists;
- Dean Bubley – Session chairman;
- Professor Kevin Warwick – Human Enhancement: A Practical Guide;
- Luke Robert Mason – Traversing the Transhuman: Bridging the Gap Between Biology and Technology Through Art;
- Dr Marios Kyriazis – Achieving human biological immortality;
- Michael A. Woodley – How clever-sillies might thwart the singularity;
- Pieter Bonte – Estranging ourselves from nature: from existential principle to transhuman practice;
- Rachel Armstrong – Living megacities: the forthcoming habitat of synthetic biologies;
- Richard Osborne – The next steps to the solar system;
- Tom Michael – Evidence based cognitive enhancement: a neuropsychological perspective.
To cover the costs of hiring the main rooms in Conway Hall for an entire day, there will be a small entry fee for attendees. This is described at the pagehttp://humanityplus.org.uk/registration/ – which links in turn to an EventBrite page.
Examples of the kinds of questions that will be explored during the day:
- Setting aside hype, what are the realistic scenarios for progress with emerging technologies that have the potential to make us all smarter, stronger, healthier, longer-lived, kinder, more fulfilled, and more sociable?
- What are the most serious risks (“existential risks”) facing humanity over the next few decades, and what is the role of technology in both worsening and solving these risks?
- What are the implications of rapidly changing technology for what it means to be human?
- What are the pros and cons of aspiring to a “Humanity+” phase of evolution, with powers and experiences as far above those of present humans as human experience exceeds that of pre-human apes?
- If people want to become involved in activism supporting Humanity+, what are the best steps they can take?